AFC threatens fines of Rp 8.5 M or Closed Game

Written By Reva on Selasa, 06 September 2011 | 07.09

AFC threatens fines of Rp 8.5 M or Closed Game
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) warned its members to be able to control the fans or the football crowd in their respective countries for not doing a riot in the stadium. If it fails, the country concerned could be fined up to 1,000,000 U.S. dollars (about USD 8.5 billion) or hold a match without spectators.

The assertion was reported by the AFC through its official website (, Tuesday (09/06/2011), or on the day along with the passing game, the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in a number of Asian countries, including in Jakarta, which showcases game Indonesia vs. Bahrain.

The decision was the result of Discipline Committee hearing (Komdis) AFC under the leadership of Lim Kia Tong in Kuala Lumpur, 15 August. Forms of audience unrest prohibited and will be dealt with firmly AFC, among others, throwing objects (such as beverage bottles, sandals, rock, etc.), lighting a fire objects like fireworks, firecrackers and flares during the game progress.

Since 2006, AFC Komdis found more than 110 cases of such unrest. "The Committee (AFC Discipline) issued a clear warning to the state association members (AFC) or the club to really take full responsibility in case of negligence, which could bear a penalty of up to one million U.S. dollars, or play without an audience until the AFC is satisfied that the problem ( riots) will be able to overcome, "said the AFC. "The committee (Discipline AFC) to be firm that the actions of irresponsible and dangerous it can not be allowed to continue and will not be tolerated anymore," said Lim Kia Tong.

AFC warned that the recent case occurred during the second round of qualifying matches of World Cup 2014, Malaysia versus Singapore, the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, July 28. At that time, a crowd of Malaysians suffering from blindness in his right eye due to shrapnel fireworks that ignited the other spectators when the game lasts.

AFC firmness was also a warning to the fans of Indonesia. When the host Turkmenistan at the 2014 World Cup qualifier in Jakarta, Indonesia many times fans lit fireworks, firecrackers and flares up to make the stadium was thick with smoke.

Indonesia vs. Bahrain before the game Tuesday night, the committee put up signs warning tourists around the Bung Karno Main Stadium so that fans do not repeat those actions.(KOMPAS.COM)
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